5 things to do in the Wye Valley
The Wye Valley is full of hidden gems and activities for everyone. If you’re venturing into the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley and looking for things to do, then we have a tried and tested top 5 things below for you. For those who aren’t so familiar with the Wye Valley, the hotel is situated less than a 15-minute drive away. With the River Wye being famous for activities on the water, beautiful wildlife and scenic walks, there are also plenty of market towns and castles to explore too. We’ve listed our top 5 things to do in the Wye Valley below for you, so take a look and let us know what you think.
When we talk about British architectural icons, they don’t come much more iconic than Tintern Abbey. Founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks, the abbey is incredibly popular no doubt as a result of its roofless splendour perched on the banks of the River Wye. The village of Tintern is the stunning home not only to the Abbey, but an ancient industrial heritage. Sitting quietly in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is a wonderful place to enjoy plenty of other hidden gems.
Silver Circle Distillery is craft spirits producer based in the beautiful village of Catbrook near Tintern, deep in the Wye Valley Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They showcase the best flavours that the area has to offer to create unique handcrafted products that are synonymous with the Wye Valley. They offer distillery tours which you can book in advance,but even better, you book our collaborative Gin Package with Silver Circle Distillery which includes a tour, and tasting at our bar!
Walk with a wide range of butterflies as you explore the incredible and beautiful world of these wonderful creatures. This day out is perfect for families, and if you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day in the Wye Valley. The species they breed have fascinating survival strategies, and there’s loads to learn. You can take a camera for some superb wildlife photography opportunities! Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo are not just passionate about butterfly conservation, they really work at it. They support sustainable Butterfly Farming worldwide through trade: devaluing collected specimens and preserves rainforest and other habitats.
From its release in 2019 Netflix’s Sex Education has become one of the streaming service’s biggest ever hits. A British production, Sex Education was filmed entirely within the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and South Wales within the counties of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire in England and Monmouthshire in Wales. There’s no mistaking that this is the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley in all its glory! The distinctive red and white house that is Otis and Jean’s home in the show is next to the River Wye at Symonds Yat East in Herefordshire, England and its stunning views especially from the balcony feature heavily throughout the show. This is one of many of the locations each series has been filmed in, and you can tour the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley for these hidden spots.
Kingstone Brewery nestles in the picturesque Wye Valley, just down the road from Tintern Abbey where monks first began brewing in the 12th century. They offer tours of the Brewery, spending time with the brewer making one of Kingstone’s fine ales, including hands on experience where you will learn about the traditional brewing process. You can taste their Gold and Tewderics ale in the hotel bar during your stay in the Wye Valley.